Owen River Lodge is an owner-managed operation that specializes in fly fishing, yet also caters to nonfishers. With comfortable cottage suites and sensational modern cuisine featuring fresh local produce and Marlborough wines, this lodge is sure to please. Attention to detail, a dedicated house staff, and a high level of service are hallmarks at this property ideally located close to an enormous variety of rivers and streams—over 25 are accessible within a 90-minute drive. The guest cottage suites are sunlit and offer amazing views of the river, the Owen Ranges, and Kahurangi National Park.
The region offers huge variety, ranging from small, intimate rivers like the Owen to large, iconic freestones. The average trout ranges from 3-6 pounds, but fish up to 10 pounds are caught annually. It’s almost all sight-fishing here with outstanding guides, all of whom have 10+ years of experience.
You’ll stay in one of six luxuriously appointed detached cottage suites with a capacity of 12, designed with the angler and nonangler in mind. Each is en suite with AC, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and a mini-bar stocked with complimentary soft drinks, fruit juices, and mineral waters.
Bring a 6-wt. fly rod, along with rubber-soled wading boots (felt-soled boots are not allowed in New Zealand). The lodge has a great SAGE & Simms rental program. Quality raingear and polarized glasses are essential. Dress in layers; we suggest neutral colors.
Guests fly to Nelson with direct flights from Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington and are transferred 90 minutes to Owen River Lodge. There is no set itinerary, but we suggest a minimum 4-night/3-day stay for anglers. Although Owen River Lodge is a specialist fly fishing lodge, there is an endless supply of “non-fishing” things to do around the immediate property, the local area and the greater Nelson/Marlborough region. The lodge’s goal is to allow you to unwind, relax and enjoy the stunning countryside around the lodge; and of course, to indulge in the world-class trout fishery.
Owen River Lodge operates from early October-April. High season rate for a 7-night/6-day inclusive fishing package for the 2023/2024 season is NZ $10,500 per person based on double occupancy/shared guide. Other packages quoted on request.
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We’ve represented Owen River Lodge for many years and it consistently has been one of the very best wild trophy brown trout resources in the world. Between the Nelson/Marlborough, West Coast, and North Canterbury regions, the lodge accesses 29 classic freestone rivers within a 90-minute drive. They also have heli-concessions at Kahurangi National Park and Nelson Lakes National Park for world-class flyout fishing.
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